This twisting tower in Taipei, Taiwan isn’t just known for its unique look, it actually serves an important function, as well. The beautiful building is lined with vegetation, 23,000 trees and shrubs to be exact, which is the same amount found in New York City’s Central Park. The plants will absorb up to 130 tons of carbon dioxide annually. This is about the equivalent of 27 cars, and it’s definitely needed. Taiwan as a whole produces up to 250 million tons of CO2 every year, so any assistance with pollution helps.
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It was built by Paris-based Belgian architect, or archibiotect, Vincent Callebaut, whose ambitious vision was not only to build a visually stunning structure, by also one that is eco-friendly, energy-saving and carbon-absorbing. This is part of a much bigger goal to inspire similar projects that will help fight global warming. The Agora Garden building is named Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, or “The Retreat of Tao Zhu.” There will also be a lot of vegetation lining the tower’s glass-floor hallways.
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The 21-story, 455,694-square-foot skyscraper acts as an urban forest with a 90 degree twist that is modeled after a double-helix strand of DNA. The design is a nod to what DNA represents, as a source of life and symbol of harmony and ultimate balance. It’s a residential complex containing 40 luxury condos that are designed to utilize natural lighting and ventilation with rainwater recycling and rooftop solar panels. Every unit will have a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and multiple bedrooms with walk-in closets. Watch the video below for more...